From Textiles in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|Lift-out from the American rug.|
In early-19th-century American textiles, an occasional paisley shows itself as sort of a streamlined reference to the fine, complicated work that was done in India and Persia, Europe and Russia. One of these exceptions is an embroidered carpet of wool by Zeruah Higley Guernsey Caswell, (1805-1895?). Castleton, Vermont, 1835.
In the lift-out photo, the man seems to be leading the woman into the next frame ― a fantasy forest. Over their heads, three paisley motifs join to look almost like the focal point at the front of a church. JP